Talented, inspiring and environmentally aware - meet the award-winning Vincentia Public School’s Wakakirri performance troupe.
The performers were recently named the Shoalhaven regional winners of the Wakakirri Story Dance Challenge in their section.
They caught the eye of the judges at a performance night held recently at the Shoalhaven Entertainment Centre.
They are now in the running to win the national prize which will be announced on October 17.
The theme of their performance was about looking after the ocean and making sure people try to reduce plastic waste so it does not impact on the environment.
Teacher Linda Irwin said the students worked hard on their performance for two terms.
“They were 110 per cent committed and they gave up a lunchtime every week and some sports time which was pretty serious for the boys,” Mrs Irwin
Fellow teacher Kerrie Plumb said the students did their school and themselves proud.
Ms Plumb added the event brought the students together.
“It was just lovely to watch the senior students helping out the younger students and helping them with their dances,” Ms Plumb said,
Ms Plumb said Wakakirri lifted the already strong school community spirit.
Mrs Irwin added students with different dance abilities were all able to take part and enjoy Wakakirri.
“They all got to tell the story in a way that they could,” Mrs Irwin said
“They absolutely had fun.”
Another rush of excitement bounded in when word came through that they had won the regional award.
“For our first time we were just taking the kids along to learn from it and see what it’s like and winning was something we were not expecting at all,” Mrs Irwin said.
“We are all very proud and excited.”
The students were all well behaved and good ambassadors for Vincentia Public.
Ms Plumb agreed it was exciting to be in the running for the national award and also telling an important story.
“It’s great to able to share that message that we need to take care of the environment and that what we do makes a difference,” Ms Plumb said.
Ms Plumb added the national nomination was a recognition of the students’ hard work and commitment.